I’m trying to figure out how to run a script at start up on my new BeagleBone Black. I created a something.desktop file in my /home/root/.config/autostart/ directory, but the script it references doesn’t get executed. I am trying to make this BBB run completely unattended. It will startup, ping a server which will give it a command to execute, and then it will execute that command. Currently, what I want to do is run chromium with the -kiosk parameter so it opens a full screen browser to the URL I specify. I already have this fully functioning on a raspberry pi, but the hardware isn’t reliable.
Also, I have noticed that nothing gets rendered to the screen until I tap the ALT key after starting up. I’m not sure why it does that, but if I just boot it unattended, it doesn’t send a video signal to the screen. It also goes to sleep after a little while, and I need to wake it up with a keyboard press.
And finally, I need to figure out how to do all this either via SSH or command line, since I don’t have a way to plug in both a mouse AND keyboard at the same time. No USB hub available.
On an unrelated note, are there any pre-compiled SD card images I can just use WinDiskImager to flash a microSD card with to boot something like raspbian for the pi? The wiki for the BBB is confusing as hell and I can’t figure out what I do and don’t need to do to load another OS on this thing.